It’s getting close to the time when household calendars will be covered with important dates related to the new school year. Thursday, Sept. 2, is one of those important dates for incoming seventh-graders and their parents. Seventh-grade orientation for this year will be on Sept. 2, before Labor Day, at 7 p.m. During orientation, students will try out their lockers and locate their classrooms while parents have a chance learn about the culture of the junior high.

School brings with it many questions to be answered. One frequently asked question is: when do the school sports practices begin? The school website is a great way to find answers; visit it for dates and times.

Summer means discovery and adventure for many of our students and the Kinsey brothers have both experienced a great deal. Drew has spent many hours at Brookhaven National Laboratory making new discoveries and younger brother John has just returned from Australia, where he participated in the People to People Ambassador program. These two will have plenty to share when they return to school.

Those blowing out birthday candles this week include Donna Kowalsick and David Berry on the 13th; Don Feiler, Jim Murphy and Mary Trentalange on the 14th; Joey Falbo and Antonia Quintieri on the 16th; Brandon Gholson and Jackie Papdopoulos on the 17th; and Michele Wacik on the 18th.

Happy anniversary wishes to Ellen and Peter Kren, who toast their years together on Aug. 19.

Mattituck Fire Department’s Junior Bulldogs celebrated their 25th anniversary last weekend at the American Legion Hall. Many juniors and advisers attended, and Supervisor Scott Russell was on hand to present Chief Sam Bail Jr. with a proclamation honoring the event. Norman Reilly Jr., Martin Griffin and Lenny Llewellyn received a plaque for starting the organization in 1985 as its first advisers. Lenny was also honored for being the oldest “junior” firefighter and was presented with a photo taken by the junior members this past Memorial Day at the annual inspection. Brendan McMahon was honored for being named Junior Firefighter of the Year.

Lenny Llewellyn, amateur meteorologist, gave me some interesting statistics for July. The hottest day of the month was July 6, when we hit 100 degrees. The lowest temperature was 67 degrees and the overall average low for the month was 76 degrees on July 15 and 23. We had five days over 90 degrees and 3.6 inches of rain. Overall, the average temperature for the month was 85.3 degrees.